Mandsaur Police Lenient with Hindutva Goons Who Vandalised Muslim Properties, Mosque, Say Locals

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Screenshot from a video of an alleged attack on a mosque in Mandsaur, MP. 

‘We are not satisfied with the police action. Those against whom we have filed police complaints are roaming around’

Waquar Hasan | Clarion India

NEW DELHI/MANDSOUR — The Mandsaur Police in Madhya Pradesh is not taking strong action against those who were involved in violence, vandalism and looting of property during the violent bike rally taken out by Hindutva groups last week, say the locals.

“The police held some people in connection with the incident but released them later. We don’t think that the police are going to take strong action against them. We are not satisfied with the police action. Those against whom we have filed police complaints are roaming around. We have named 58 people in the FIR and 250 unknown people,” said Muhammed Hakim, a resident of Dorana whose properties were looted and vandalized by the rioters.

Talking to Clarion India, he said that Muslims have submitted all the video clips, CCTV footage and photo evidence to the police. “Some of the accused are unknown to us as we know them only by their faces. Those accused have not been arrested so far. Only five or six people are in jail,” he said.

The superintendent of Police, Mandsaur, Sidharth Choudhry, told Clarion India that nine people were arrested in six cases. Responding to the allegations of the arrested people roaming around, Choudhry said they were booked under bailable offences. “So, they might have got bail,” he said.

About the property damage, Choudhry said that the offences were registered in this regard.

On December 29, around 5,000 Hindtuva activists took out a violent rally through the Muslim-dominated area in Dorana. The Muslim residents fled the village leaving behind their properties. Those in the rally vandalized and looted Muslim properties and also damaged village mosque. Hakim had said that his house was vandalized and cash and jewelleries worth Rs. 9 lakh were looted.

The rally was organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and some local organisations for collecting funds for a Ram temple in Ayodhya. Madhya Pradesh has witnessed violence at some places during such rallies. Similar incidents happened in Indore’s Chandankhedi and Ujjain’s Begum Bagh. At these places, the police have arrested Muslims and demolished their houses.

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